Classes & Programs

Dance Repertory Company


In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of the learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities.

Students may audition for MCA’s pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA’s junior performing troupe, the Dance Repertory Company II. Biennially DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker (Dec. 2018 will be our 10th production) as well as The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party.

DRC Students and alumni have studied at or performed with: American Ballet Theatre, Anaya Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Joffery Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Radio City Music Hall, Milwaukee Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, and more.

 Upcoming DRC Productions:

Dance Repertory Company Spring Dance Concert: Classically Speaking

The 46th annual spring concert of the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), Classically Speaking will be an evening of classical music and contemporary dance. Suitable and engaging for all ages, works range from contemporary ballet to hip hop and tap to modern dance, encompassing re-staged works, as well as new choreography created by MCA faculty and regional guest artists, Jessica Dienger, Christine Martin, Bryan Moore, Raina Racki, and Tammy Schmidt. Learn more about the show.

Auditions: Jan. 2019, 3pm at MCA’s home, Valencia Arts Center. Cast members can find important information on the Cast Portal.

Performances: April 11-13, 2019 (see performance times below)

April 11- School Matinee, 10:00am

April 12- Public Performances, 7:30pm

April 13- Public Performance, 3pm

All Performances at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Page Theatre. Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors

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DRC II Auditions- Sept. 7, open to beginning- intermediate dancers aged 5-13

Other Performance Opportunities

In addition to the Dance Repertory Company MCA tries to offer performance opportunities both big and small through the participation in National Tap Dance Day, Irish Festivals, Ready Set School’s Chili Cook Off, Winona Public Library events, performances at Nursing homes and more. Between Summer Camps, MCA’s Music and Theatre Divisions there are plenty of performance opportunities and chances to attend performances. Check out our Events Calendar to see what performances you can catch.

What happens when you mix classical music and contemporary dance?

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) Dance Repertory Company invites you to see an amazing and rare production, Classically Speaking where the music of well-known Classical composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Glazunov, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert is used to accompany contemporary dance forms, including hip hop, rhythm tap, jazz, and modern.

The Dance Repertory Company is MCA’s pre-professional dance troupe. Classically Speaking is the 46th annual spring concert and will be held in the beautiful Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University of MN campus on April 12 and 13. This concert will feature 38 area dancers age 11- adult, including 15 Saint Mary’s University students. The concert will feature 5 new and original choreographic works.

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DRC Classically Speaking Cast Announced!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to auditions on Saturday. We are so pleased to announce the 2019 cast of Dance Repertory Company’s (DRC) production of Classically Speaking it is going to be a fabulous show. If you have been cast please do not forget to initial that you accept the role on the print out in the lobby at MCA or on the call board at SMU or let us know at if for some reason you cannot commit to the role(s) you have been cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 7:00pm in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the mandatory meeting.

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Classically Speaking Cast Portal

This is a one-stop shop for Classically Speaking dancers and their families to view all of the Friday Fill-in’s, the rehearsal schedule and other important documents.

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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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